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Neighborhoods of GR: Southside, my side

Some people call it Southtown, but to longtime residents, it has always been and will always be the Southside. The 49507 zip code is expansive and for the most part is bordered by Franklin Street on the north, 28th Street on the south, U.S. 131 on the west and Kalamazoo Avenue on the east. The Southside is home to Burton Heights, Madison Square, Alger Heights, Boston Square, Oakdale and Ottawa Hills Neighborhoods.

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On The Ground: El pulso de la avenida Grandville

La serie de On The Ground es una serie de Rapid Growth Media. Estas series resaltarán y celebrarán a las comunidades ubicadas entre la avenida Grandville.

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Civic engagement in our own backyards: Why getting involved at the local level actually matters

Despite changes on a national scale, advocates at a state and local level continue to stress the importance of civic engagement both nationally and locally. Here in Grand Rapids and across the state, government entities, schools and private companies are throwing their proverbial hats in the ring, educating everyday people on the roles, systems and actions needed to make positive and measurable change in their communities.

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Baby-friendly Grand Rapids: A designation, a lifestyle, and a goal for the future with VIDEO

According to US News and World Report, young families are choosing Grand Rapids as the place to live: “Families make up a big chunk of the region's population. Nearly a third of Grand Rapids' households have children under the age of 18.” With organizations like the Grand Rapids Children's Museum and the John Ball Zoo geared toward little ones, and Spectrum Butterworth Hospital's baby-friendly designation, GR is increasingly becoming a great place to raise a family.

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The beautiful game that's bringing Grand Rapids neighborhoods together

Every Monday night throughout the summer, at parks and schools across Grand Rapids, local residents gather to battle for neighborhood pride as part of the Grand Rapids Champs League, a neighborhood-focused soccer league. The league’s mission is to bring neighbors together from across Grand Rapids for friendly games of soccer, while having the opportunity to visit parks and neighborhoods they might not normally frequent, and donate money to local nonprofits.

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Making it in GR: A look back at the article that urged Grand Rapids to move forward

The 2015 Forbes article listing Grand Rapids as the second worst city in the nation where African-Americans were struggling sparked many conversations. Looking beyond the African-American community and observing the minority-owned business climate as a whole, one can find both challenges and opportunities. Organizations such as Local First, One World Diversity, and Start Garden are rising to the challenge and providing resources and programming to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the small business community.

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A diverse labor force: The challenges facing minority contractors, and the tools needed to succeed

With some industries that are built on word-of-mouth recommendations and connections in the field, like construction, how can minority workers and business owners get ahead? Here in Grand Rapids, contractors and their affiliates are beginning to see the light, working to diversify the voices and faces in the industry, and equipping them with the tools (pun intended) needed to succeed in construction.

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Big and small: sharing early education wisdom from rural to urban communities

In the absence of universal policy for early childhood education, some of Michigan's smallest communities are taking it upon themselves to foster kindergarten-ready children.

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Michigan farmers markets: Come for the farm-fresh produce, leave with a stronger community

All across Michigan farmers markets are open throughout the year and many have that special something that brings people together for more than the fruit and vegetables. They build community. 

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UIX: Breastfeeding mothers share experiences and insight to help others succeed

Breastfeeding support groups can be found all over West Michigan, but new mothers are using a number of other tools to help them nourish their young babies.

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A tale of two weekends and my personal journey to undo my bias

Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen releases a personal perspective of our last two weekend's in America and discovers a path that leads him to his hometown of Flint and the seeds of bias.

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RapidChat: Mat Churchill

While his last solo album came out in September 2014, Mat Churchill has still managed to stay at the forefront of the Grand Rapids music scene. While musical talent is key to success, Mat emphasizes that plugging yourself into the community is crucial.

Michael Lunn

The Road to 100: Grand Rapids' journey to be Michigan’s first all-renewable-powered city

When Mayor George Heartwell established the city’s first renewable energy goal in 2005, the City was getting none of its power from renewable sources. After Grand Rapids achieved its initial goal of 20 percent in 2007 (a year ahead of schedule), Heartwell upped the goal to 100 percent by 2020. How is the city doing on its goal now? 

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Neighborhoods of GR: Welcome to Creston—Be an active citizen

Creston is a vibrant corridor filled with engaged residents, parks, bustling businesses, and ongoing growth. Celebrate your Creston pride in this month's Neighborhoods of GR article.

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Encounters at Rumsey Street: An excerpt from SiTE:LAB's Catalog

In this essay excerpted from SiTE:LAB Rumsey Street Project 2015 + 2016, New York-based art writer and freelance curator Gregory Volk details the visceral experience of encountering SiTE:LAB for the first time during ArtPrize Eight at their "Rumsey Street Project" installation. 
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